Stan Vander Mey, Administrator of the California Highway Patrol’s Senior Volunteer Program (SVP) in Oceanside, nominated John Weinandy as the RSVP Volunteer of the Month for September 2019. Stan describes John as a “highly competent and conscientious volunteer who is always willing to be of assistance and is highly respected.”
In addition to this Volunteer of the Month award, John received the Oceanside SeniorVolunteer of the year award in March of 2019. He received both awards for his many years of dedicated service with the Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) in Oceanside. John joined the SVP program in 2005.
John’s outstanding administrative qualifications were noted by his peers and he was appointed SVP Treasurer in 2008. As Treasurer, John kept the Senior Volunteer Patrol’s financial records in first-class order. He was also instrumental in providing the information to enable the Senior Volunteer group to receive their 501(c)(3) non-profit status with the IRS. As SVP Treasurer, John served as a member of the Board of Directors as well.
In addition to John’s faithful work on field shifts, at special events, and as a field trainer for new members, he has helped the organization in a variety of other ways. John researched and obtained the cell phones and GPS units that are used in the Senior Volunteer Patrol vehicles and he provided updated equipment as needed. He also researched and obtained a set of small radios that can be used to supplement the extender units on an as-needed basis. He prepared, maintained, and distributed a roster of the SVP members with their contact information for the use of the SVP team. This was a tremendous asset to the group and gets used daily.
John has been described as “the epitome of being ready, willing, and able.” These are the essential qualities of an outstanding volunteer. Thank you, John, for your many years of service to the community and for making ours a safer place to live.